Plan a Visit

Welcome to Shedd Aquarium! We can't wait for you to meet 32,000 amazing animals and explore the world’s oceans, rivers and reefs — right in the heart of Chicago.

The best Shedd visit begins online, not in line. We offer three easy ways to purchase your tickets in advance to avoid a long wait:

Other ticket packages are available on site. Quantities are limited and may sell out.

Please note, areas of the aquarium may be closed for a portion or all of any given day without prior notice. Please contact us if you have questions about exhibit availability.



Summer (Now - Aug 20)
All days: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Winter (Aug 20 - June 10)
Weekdays: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Weekends: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Special Hours:
Saturday, June 17 - Early close at 1 p.m.
Tuesday, June 20 - Early close at 5 p.m.
Saturday, July 29 - Early close at 3 p.m.

*Last ticket sales are 45 minutes before close.


Adult: 12+ years
Child: 3-11 years
Infant (free admission): 2 years and under

Getting here

Walk, drive, or take the bus—let’s find the best route for you.

Calendar of Events

Check our calendar so you don't miss exciting upcoming programs and events.

Daily activities

Carribean Reef Dive: 10:30 a.m. | 12 p.m.| 2 p.m. | 3 p.m. | Carribean Reef

Shark Chat: 9:45 a.m. | 11:15 a.m. | 3:45 p.m. | Wild Reef

Belugas and Sea Lions Chat: 11 a.m. | 1:30 p.m. | 3 p.m. | Abbott Oceanarium

Penguins Chat:  9:45 a.m. | 12:45 p.m. | 4 p.m. | Polar Play Zone

Aquatic Presentation and 4-D Experiences: Occuring throughout the day

See the full listing of today's animal experiences!

Field trips & groups

Give your school or community group an unforgettable experience. Plan your field trip today!

Special offers

You’ll find ways to save, along with other offers here.

Tips for a great visit

Make the most of your trip with our tips for a great visit!


Help us keep Shedd safe for our guests and animals — review our policies before you arrive.

Contact info

Need more information? Send us an email or give us a call at 312-939-2438. We're happy to help!

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Chicago CityPASS

Adult $99.75 Child $84.75

Save 53% and skip main ticket lines at Chicago's 5 best attractions. Chicago CityPASS includes VIP entry to Shedd Aquarium, including access to Waters of the WorldAmazon RisingWild ReefAbbott Oceanarium, Polar Play ZoneAmphibians special exhibit, animal presentations and Stingray Touch (May-Oct), plus a 4-D Experience*

* Special exhibit subject to change. 4-D Experience and aquatic presentation are subject to availability.

Extraordinary Experiences

Price varies by experience.

Meet a penguin, touch a beluga whale, become a trainer for a day or take a tour behind the scenes of Shedd.

Total Experience Pass

Adult $39.95 Child $30.95

The best value to see everything Shedd has to offer! Select your show times and plan your day in advance. The Total Experience Pass includes access to all of Shedd’s exhibits and experiences, including all animal presentation, Stingray Touch,* Amphibians special exhibit and a 4-D Experience. For best availability, we recommend you plan at least 5 days in advance.

*Stingray Touch is open seasonally late-May through October (weather permitting)

Shedd Pass

Adult $30.95 Child $21.95

Allows access to all standard exhibits. Total Experience Pass exhibits and shows are not included (aquatic presentation, 4-D Experience, Amphibians special exhibit and seasonal Stingray Touch).*

*Shedd Passes are not available on Illinois Resident Free Days


Express Pass

Get priority entry! Same-day online ticket purchases incur a $15 Express Fee on all ticket packages or prices. Plan at least one day in advance for the best value. Doesn't apply to Illinois Resident Free Day tickets.


Membership packages start at $75 each year.

Support Shedd and enjoy unlimited admission to the aquarium year-round.

Other ticket packages may be available onsite.